What a debarkle! Barking Problem or Problem Barker - Can you tell the difference?
SummaryBarking from a behavioural perspective
Dogs vocalise by barking for many reasons. Barking is a form of communication as much as language is for human communication. Unfortunately most humans are not fluent in canine vocal communication any more than they are in canine visual communication. This leads to misinterpretation of what is actually being communicated and as a result many dogs suffer. Not only is the underlying problem not resolved but in many cases inappropriate, unacceptable or inhumane "treatments" are enforced on the dogs that will actually exacerbate the problem. This is usually due to the fact that inappropriate advice has been given by misinformed people, albeit with the best intentions.